Agenda - EuroGeographics General Assembly 2024

The 2024 EuroGeographics General Assembly is kindly organised and hosted by The National Geographic Institute Spain and supported by The General Directorate for the Cadastre.

The Association is governed by the Management Board and by the General Assembly of the Members. The Ordinary General Assembly meets once each year and shall vote on the coming year’s annual budget, elect the members of the Management Board as well as the President, approve any new member applications, and conduct other items of formal business as required by the Articles of Association. The General Assembly is also the Director General’s Knowledge Exchange. This year we are addressing the theme of Addressing global challenges with official geospatial data.

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Papers for Formal Business of the Association – members only

  • Management Board Report to the 2024 General Assembly (Paper 2.)
  • EuroGeographics AISBL 2023 Accounts (Paper 3.)
  • 2024 Operating Plan, Budget and Subscriptions (Paper 4.)
  • Candidates for Management Board Members and the President (Paper 5.)
  • Membership application (Paper 6.)

Background papers

  • EuroGeographics Representation Strategy (Paper 7)
  • EuroGeographics Sustainability Plan (Paper 8)
  • Membership Strategy (Paper 9)
Sunday 17th March
16:00 - 19:00 Opening of the Registration desk
16:30 – 17:30 Management Board meeting
17:45 – 18:45 Introduction of New Heads to the President of EuroGeographics
19:00 The General Assembly commences with a Welcome reception at the Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento
(Dress code: Smart Casual)
Monday 18th March
  Item Chair/Speakers
09:00 – 10:00 Welcome & Opening of the General Assembly
Welcome by the Host of the GA2024
Presentations from the host organisations
Chair: Colin Bray, President EuroGeographics
Lorenzo García, General Director National Geographic Institute
Jesús Gómez, Deputy Minister Transport and Sustainable Mobility
Fernando Serrano, Vocal Advisor Cadastre
Emilio López, Director National Centre of Geographic Information
10:00 – 10:15 Outline of Agenda and setting the scene
Welcome to new Member Heads
Introduction of Management Board and Presidential Candidates
Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director
10:15 – 10:20 Host’s Notices and announcements
10:20 – 10:55 Coffee (including conference photograph)
10:55 – 11:25 Session 1 - Opening Keynote
Keynote – The future of geospatial information – A German perspective
Session introduction & Chair: Vilma Tomço, General Director ASIG Albania
Prof. Dr. Paul Becker, President of Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) Germany
11:25 – 12:45 Session 2 Geoespatial data addressing global challenges
Keynote – Geospatial data for Disaster Repones
Keynote – Geospatial data for the implementation of Climate Policy
Keynote – The importance of in-situ data in Copernicus
Session Introduction & Chair: David Henderson, UN-GGIM: Europe Co-Chair
Toby Wicks, Chief Executive REACT Disaster Response
Simon Kay, Dep Head of Unit DG CLIMA, European Commission
José Miguel Rubio Iglesias, Copernicus, European Enviroment Agency
12:45 – 12:50 Host’s Notices and announcements
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
Director General’s Knowledge Exchange – Parallel sessions
14:00 – 15:45 A Knowledge Buzz
Roundtable discussion sessions: all members cover all topics
  • 14:00 – 14:30 – lighting talks
  • 14:30 – 15:30 – discussion
The key topics are aligned with the EU agenda/policy areas:
  • Business models – Darko Vucetic, RGA Serbia
  • Future of GI in the AI age – Joep Crompvoets & Wolfgang Gold, EuroSDR
  • Bringing Geospatial to the forefront - Geodata in the development agenda – Greg Scott pre-recorded
  • EuroGeographics Membership strategy - Patricia Sokacova, EuroGeographics Head Office (Paper 9.)
Informal networking & member meetings
Tables will be set up outside the conference rooms and refreshments will be available to provide an opportunity for informal meetings between members & EGHO and members & members.

Area with arm chairs for informal / formal meetings and discussions

Members can specifically meet with:
  • Colin Bray – EuroGeographics President
  • Sallie Payne-Snell – acting Secretary General & Executive Director
  • Patricia Sokacova – Membership Issues
15:30 – 16:15 Coffee break & opportunity for member bi-lateral discussion
16:15 – 17:15 Session 3: European Dataspaces
Keynote – The Green Deal Dataspace < /br> Interactive Panel session
Facilitator: Ingrid Vanden Berghe, Director General, NGI Belgium
Sotirios Kanellopoulos DG Environment – online presentation
  • Dorus Kruse, Kadaster, Netherlands
  • Morten Hvidberg, SDFI Denmark
  • Jani Kylmäaho, NLS Finland
17:10 – 17:15 Host’s Notices and announcements
17:15 Close
18:30 Formal Conference Dinner – 18:30 departure from the hotel to the boat at Guadalquivir channel, dinner at Abades Triana, (transfer back by buses)
(Dress code: Formal)

Tuesday 19th March
  Item Chair/Speakers
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome to Day2 Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director
09:10 – 09:30 Session 4: Artificial Intelligence
Keynote – The governance of AI
Session introduction: Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu, EuroGeographics Management Board
Gianluca Misuraca, International Policy Advisor on Digital Governance, Technology Diplomacy, Strategic Foresight and Social Innovation
09:30 – 10:30 Session 5: Technology and Innovation
  • Digital twins
  • Interoperability at work
  • Innovation and start-ups
Chair: Denis Tabučić, EuroGeographics Management Board
Charalampos Tsitlakidis, Head of Sector for Destination Earth, DG CNECT
Francesco Pignatelli, Strategic Advisor @ Digital Economy Unit, JRC - European Commission
Nicolas Paparoditis, Deputy Director, IGN France
10:30 – 11:15 Session 6: Interactive Panel Discussion – Embracing technology Facilitator: Marta Nagy-Rothengass, Eurostat (TBC)< /br> Panellists:
  • Tambet Tiits, Estonian Land Board
  • Saulius Urbanas, Ministry of Environment, Lithuania
  • Joseph Gauci, Malta Planning Authority
  • Suzanne McLaughlin, Land and Property Services, Northern Ireland
11:15 – 11:40 Coffee
11:40 – 12:55 Session 7: Long Term Sustainability of official geospatial data (Papers 7. & 8.)
Sustainability of the EuroGeographics data strategy
OME2 demonstration
Interactive Panel session
Session Introduction & Facilitator: Colin Bray, President EuroGeographics
Angela Baker, Head of Partnerships & Sustainability and Carol Agius Head of Representation & Stakeholder Management, EuroGeographics
Victoria Persson, Project Manager – Data Access & Integration
  • Cora Smelik, Kadaster Netherlands
  • Nicolas Paparoditis, IGN France
  • Nick Bolton, Ordnance Survey GB
  • Susan Ås Sivborg, Lantmäteriet Sweden
12:55 – 13:00 Host’s Notices and announcements
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
Closed Members Session - Formal Business of EuroGeographics AISBL
14:30 – 14:45 Management Board Report to the General Assembly (Paper 2) Colin Bray, President EuroGeographics
14:45 – 15:35 Formal Business

EuroGeographics AISBL 2023 Accounts(Paper 3)
Vote to approve the EuroGeographics AISBL 2022 accounts and discharge of the administrators

The 2024 Operating Plan and Budget(Paper 4)
Vote to approve EuroGeographics 2024 Operating Plan
Vote to approve the 2024 Budget

Election of Management Board members(Paper 5)
Vote to elect Management Board members
Approve the Membership Application of the Faroe Islands(Paper 6)
Vote to elect Management Board members
Chair: Colin Bray, President EuroGeographics

Paper 3: Martin Salzmann, EuroGeographics Treasurer

Paper 4: Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director, EuroGeographics
Martin Salzmann, EuroGeographics Treasurer

Paper 5: Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director, EuroGeographics

Paper 6: Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director, EuroGeographics
15:35 – 16:05 Coffee
16:05 – 16:15 Results of the votes and election of Management Board Members (Paper 5)
Election of the President
Vote to elect the President
Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director, EuroGeographics
16:15 – 16:30 Looking forward to 2025 Col. Martins Liberts, Latvian Geospatial Information Agency
16:30 – 16:55 Conclusions of the 2024 General Assembly
Result of the election of the President
Close of the 2024 General Assembly
Sallie Payne-Snell, acting Secretary General & Executive Director, EuroGeographics

President of EuroGeographics
16:55 – 17:00 Host’s Notices and announcements
17:00 Close
17:05-17:30 Management Board Meeting
18:30 Cultural Evening and Formal Dinner
18.30 Departure from Hotel by buses, guided tour ending at the Casa Guardiola restaurant, welcome cocktail/tapas, flamenco show followed by a seated dinner, 22.30 transfer to hotel by buses
(Dress code: smart casual)